Well, not quite sure where the year has gone. It seems like we were just getting ready for the January conference with lots of white stuff on the ground and now it’s the middle of summer, green is such a nicer color, lol. While it’s prime income period for most of us, please make sure to schedule some time with your loved ones and have some fun in the sand, on the water, cruising the trails or walking the links. Life and a Michigan summer are way too short not to take the time right now to enjoy those warm breezes and blue skies!
A most sincere thank you to all the members who have called their legislatures as we have worked on various bills over the past year. At this time, we are working on a database showing the legislative districts for all members, home & work addresses, to aid in our grass roots efforts. Please take a moment to complete the enclosed update form and return with your dues. This information will also be used for the 2016 Membership Directory; multi-tasking is so useful.
Our MSTA PAC fund has been a vital part of our legislative success in Lansing thanks to your generous support. This is a great time to make a donation to further strengthen the PAC fund as you can send the check with the dues payment and save the stamp. If every member would send a $25 personal check with the dues, the PAC fund would grow by almost $6,000, wow!! That would increase our clout in Lansing even more!! Please note the State of MI will only allow us to accept PAC donations in the form of a personal check or money order made payable to MSTA PAC, they are so picky!
We are extremely pleased at the success of the MSTA Raffle as a fundraiser due to the support of our members, thank you! Enclosed please find three tickets for the 2017 Raffle with a great prize lineup, the cost is $25 and can be paid with your dues, win-win. If raffles aren’t your cup of tea, please return tickets with your dues payments, no questions asked.
It’s also election time for the 2017 Board of Directors so we hope you will take a few minutes to complete the nomination form and return with your dues check.
We are looking forward to third annual MSTA Chili Cook Off at the Fall Board Meeting on October 15, 2016 in Mt Pleasant. Shawn Sloan snuck first place prize right out from beneath Mark Scott & Dwaine Gee with her amazing white chicken chili in 2015. Will she reign supreme again this year or will someone else? You will have to attend to find out, lol. We hope to see everyone for some great fun, food & education.
With warmest regards, Dave, Joe H, Joe W, Rick, Chanin & Julie